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There are many signs of pregnancy, ranging from those that make you wonder if you might just be pregnant, to those that even your caregiver will consider proof positive. Here's a look and the signs and symptoms you may experience, and how likely each one is to be correct!

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Make mine a Double double

What are the odds? (And are they quads?)

A Houston, Texas woman gave birth to two sets of identical twin boys on March 15, 2004. Proud mom Sheryl McGowen, 35, had been through years of fertility treatments. In a very rare circumstance, the two eggs implanted inside her both split into two -- making their twins actually quadruplets.

The odds of one woman having two sets of identical twins are more than 1 in 11 million.


How many "para" are you

You might see one of these medical terms on your chart:

  • Nullipara, which means a woman who has never before given birth vaginally
  • Multipara, which is a woman who has given birth vaginally at least once (sometimes abbreviated as multip)
  • Grand multipara, a woman who has given birth 5 or more times (aka grand multip)

Eating yogurt

Food for fertility

It's common knowledge that diet and exercise have profound effects on your health. Can they affect your ability to get pregnant, too? Until recently, the answer to that question was a qualified "Maybe." Today, it's "Yes!" thanks to exciting findings from a landmark long-term study of female nurses.

As described in the book The Fertility Diet, ten simple changes in diet and activity can have profound effects on fertility. How does it work? The researchers behind the plan assigned a 'fertility diet' score of one to five points. The higher the score, the lower the risk of infertility associated with ovulatory disorders.

The women with the highest fertility diet scores ate less trans fat and sugar from carbohydrates, consumed more protein from vegetables than from animals, ate more fiber and iron, took more multivitamins, had a lower BMI, exercised for longer periods of time each day, and, surprisingly, consumed more high-fat dairy products and less low-fat dairy products. It's a book worth checking out.

Want to know more? Look for the book at your local bookstore, or buy The Fertility Diet at Amazon.com.

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